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Portland Riverside Campground offers a unique camping experience since it's
located at a marina directly on the Connecticut River. The marina is one of the
oldest on the river and has been in the same family for more than 40 years. With
25 acres and more than a quarter-mile of river frontage, we are home to 75 boats
in the summer and more than 300 for winter storage.
The campground is located in a shaded oval that is bounded on two sides
by protected forest and wetlands and on one side by the river. Within the oval
is a large grass recreation area. River access is just steps away, so if you
have a small boat or inflatable, bring it along!
Campsite by the Connecticut River at Portland Riverside.
Portland Riverside's 22
campsites are either grass or concrete pads. Each site had a picnic table
and electric and water hookups. The campground has night lighting, and washrooms
and showers are located in the nearby marine store building.
The marina and campground are highly secure, and the marina and campground
manager lives on site. From late spring to late fall, many boaters are on hand,
using their boats or fishing.
The Connecticut River is just steps away at Portland Riverside Campground.
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Portland Riverside's marine store offers
a wide selection of products. If we don't carry something you need, the marina's
manager can order it for you. Many products listed in our marine catalogs are
available through overnight delivery.
Portland Riverside is famous for its annual mid-August
Catfish Tournament. With prizes for the
biggest fish caught by both kids and adults, it has become one of the river's
most popular summer events.
The popular Catfish Tournament is held
each year in mid-August.
Experience the Connecticut River
Portland Riverside Campground is different from many
other camping facilities because of its location on the scenic Connecticut
River. The Connecticut is New England's longest river, stretching from
Fourth Connecticut Lake in northern New Hampshire 407 miles to Old Saybrook,
Connecticut, where it empties into Long Island Sound. While the river was
once polluted, steps have been taken since the mid-1960s to restore it, with
remarkable success. Today, campground visitors will experience a river
largely free of pollution. Eagles and other raptors have returned, and the
river teems with Atlantic salmon, trout, striped bass, catfish
To see why Portland Riverside Campground is really a special
place, you need only get up early on a summer morning, walk from your
campground site down to the river's edge and watch it come alive in the
is located across the river from the city of Middletown, a community with a
thriving old-fashioned main street, a wide variety of stores and a multiscreen
movie theater. Middletown is also home to Wesleyan University.
Portland itself is a quiet community of
approximately 8,700 with deep historic roots in shipbuilding and the mining of
brownstone. Its Main Street is typical of a southern New England village and is
a short drive or about a 15 minute walk.
While at our campgrounds, guests -- especially those with children -- may wish to
visit the Brownstone Exploration &
Discovery Park. This popular park, located on the edge of a lake that was
once a brownstone quarry, offers swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, rock
climbing, wakeboarding and cliff jumping.
The renowned Wadsworth Atheneum
Museum of Art is located in Hartford, just 15 miles north of the
campgrounds. This is the nation's oldest public art museum and contains a
collection that numbers more than 45,000 pieces.
Hartford is also home to many fine restaurants and the widely acclaimed regional
theater, the Hartford Stage Company.
Another popular destination is East Haddam, home of the
Goodspeed Opera House, where many
Broadway hits were originally staged. The theater and an elegant restaurant, the
Gelston House, overlook the Connecticut River. Many people travel hundreds of
miles to visit this famous theater, but from Portland Riverside Campground, it
is only about a 20 minute drive south along the river.
Goodspeed Opera House on the Connecticut River in East Haddam.
Parents are responsible for the behavior and safety of
their children at all times.
Pets must be watched closely and under your control at
all times. Please clean up after your pet.
While you are welcome to visit the docks, please do not
board any boat. Also, the boats stored on
land should not be boarded.
Children playing near the river or on the docks should
wear a personal floatation device and be under the watchful eye of an
adult. PFDs are available in the marine store.
Do not venture into the wetlands area adjacent to the campground.
The area has abundant wildlife. Do not approach or threaten birds or
animals. Hunting is not allowed.
If you use a small boat or inflatable, keep in mind that the river
current can be deceptively fast and vary with the tide. Without a
reliable outboard motor (or very strong rowing arms), you will travel
Arrival and departure times are flexible. Please let us know the
approximate time you expect to leave.
For more information about Portland Riverside Campground,
call us at (860) 342-1911.